Saint Casimir Parish
St. Casimir Parish
grant that with the help of St. Casimir’s intercession
we may serve you in holiness and justice.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING
That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where
faith is communicated and charity is seen. (September
That all bishops, priests, and deacons will be true and holy servants of the
That those who engage in business will be honest, ethical, and upright
stewards in the sight of God.
That the Lord will watch over firefighters, police officers, and emergency
medical technicians and guide them in their service.
That God bless all students, teachers, and staff as they return go school.
That God bless Father Bacevice and the Pastoral and Finance Councils in
their efforts to secure the future of St. Casimir Parish.
That all parishioners recognize their responsibility to St. Casimir Parish’s
future through financial support, commitment to parish activities, sharing
ideas, and most importantly prayer.
That the Lord will draw family members into deeper bonds of love.
That the Lord will lift up the poor and make us generous in aiding those in
That our Ministers of Praise be validated in their belief in the power of
AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
1st First Friday Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament, 8:00 – 9:00am in Church
Evening Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 6:00 –9:00pm in
Sept. 20th Confirmation,
7:00pm, in Church
SAINT FOR AUGUST
SAINT PETER CLAVER
speak to them with our hands, before we try to speak to them
with our lips.
(Saint Peter Claver)
St. Peter Claver was born
in Spain, studied under the Jesuits, and asked to be sent to the
West Indies. Instead he ended up at Cartegena in present day
Columbia, one of the major centers for the New World slave trade. He
worked unceasingly ministering to newly arrived slaves from Angola
and the Congo who were bound for the slave markets. It is estimated
that he baptized more than three hundred thousand slaves during his
forty years of work.
At the time there was
little that Peter Claver could do to change the social structure.
People seemed unable to see the evil of slavery in their midst.
Peter tried to be a visible sign to the people, showing them that
these slaves were human beings, children of God.
St. Peter Claver provided
food, medicine, and clothing to the newly arrived slaves to whom he
ministered. He exemplified the old saying: “actions speak louder
than words.” We can talk about God and holiness and spiritual
progress, but if we don’t practice what we preach, no one will
listen. As St. James says, “What use is it if…one of you says…’Go in
peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet do not give them what is
necessary for their body, what use is that?” (James 2:16)
St. Peter Claver had the
kind of courage and love necessary to bring peace to the hearts of
those who suffered. He saw the suffering Jesus in the slaves he
served. And he heard in their cry: “What you do unto others, you do
Sources: 365 SAINTS, Woodene Koenig-Bricker; SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS,
Loyola University Press.
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Respect for Persons and Their Goods
The seventh commandment
forbids acts or enterprises that for any reason – selfish or ideological,
commercial, or totalitarian – lead to the enslavement of human beings, to
their being bought, sold and exchanged like merchandise, in disregard for their
personal dignity. It is a sin against the dignity of persons and their
fundamental rights to reduce them by violence to their productive value or to a
source of profit. St. Paul directed a Christian master to treat his Christian
slave “no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother, …both
in the flesh and in the Lord.”(Philem
THE MIGHTY ONE HAS DONE
GREAT THINGS FOR ME
(Luke 1: 49)
Bishop Nelson J. Perez
The theme of the World Youth Day Unite held near Washington D.
C. in July, 2017 was The Mighty One Has Done Great
Things for Me. One of the speakers was Bishop Nelson J.
Perez, soon to be installed as bishop of Cleveland.
Bishop Nelson noted that people had come from 52 dioceses across the country
and also from different places along life’s journey. Bishop Perez said, “we
each come from different places but the Lord finds you and me where we are.”
The common reason why everyone was there, he added, was because “somewhere
back in the day or recently, you and I had an encounter with Jesus Christ,”
which is the center of the Christian faith.
the Christian faith also includes being kind, generous, caring and
compassionate, he noted that people who aren’t Christian can also do these
things, and sometimes do them better. Bishop Perez said that what
distinguishes Christians is the belief that “[Jesus] moved, He rose from the
dead, and He continues to move in us and through us and about us.”
example of this, Bishop Perez recalled a conversation he had that he felt
went very poorly. Three years later he found out that it was the closest the
other person had ever felt to God. “Never, never, never underestimate the
power of God’s Spirit working in you and through you and despite you…most of
the time unbeknownst to you and me.”
Bishop Perez also spoke about God’s goodness and mercy, and how his love
requires a response of trust and gratitude, like that of Mary. Her trust was
not because she had no worry or doubt. Rather, when the angel Gabriel came
to tell she would give birth to Jesus, she was filled with fear and doubt.
Source: “At World Youth Day Unite event, young adults urged to recognize,
share God’s love,”
by Kelly Seegers, Catholic News Service, July 27, 2017.
So open to God’s action in her life was Mary, that she was chosen to bring
Christ to the waiting world.
On September 8th we honor Christ by celebrating his
Mother’s birth. So, too, let us honor Him by showing respect and concern for
Source: SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS, Loyola University Press